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This season, stylists and fashion editors are getting vested in theirÂ style—literally. Vests are the new hot addition to the wardrobe and they’re not just for the fashion set but also for the average workingÂ girl on the go. Forget about the old stuffy, puffy and boring style ofÂ vests in the past. Cut in different styles, vests now add a cool factor. Look forÂ them in an array of colors and follow the tips below on howÂ to add this extra key piece to your wardrobe. (Shop the looks here.)
- AvoidÂ masculine cuts like those seen in a three-piece suit. Instead, look forÂ vests inÂ nontraditional cuts and cool colors to addÂ somethingÂ new and interesting to your office style.
- Switch up your go-to working dress by layering a vest on top. Try aÂ longer, belted version that will cinch the waist and add dimensionÂ to the dress, or wear the vest open for added versatility. The extra layer will help that good old dress look like new.
- Layer a vest over a blouse and trousers for a cohesive look that has a little more depth than your typical shirt-and-pant pairing.
- Play withÂ embellishedÂ vests and unique cuts to add personality toÂ your work wear. A motorcycle vest worn over a standard pencil dressÂ will take a look from ordinary to extraordinary.
Vests are cool closet pieces that help mix things up in your wardrobe.Â Try adding one to your work wear to for a fresh newÂ perspective. I think you’ll be pleasantlyÂ surprised how it will bump things up for you in the Style Suite.
KÃ©la Walker is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer and TV host, who has contributed lifestyle and entertainment content for outlets including NBC’s LXTV, Getty Images, YRB Magazine, Madame Noire, and RTL Germany. She also has a passion for fashion and offers the latest in fab fashion trends and consumer deals with KelasKloset.com. Her chic style and trendsetting blog has been lauded by sites including Essence.com and Huffington Post Black Voices.